Angelica “Jelly” Willis-Smith, one of nine fellows of the city’s Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program, harvests garlic from the Project Roots garden in Phoenix on March 25, 2022. “Gardening is like you’re God for a day,” Willis-Smith says. “You get to plant these seeds, you get to cultivate them, you get to decide where they get to go, you get to cultivate and create life.” (Photo by Hope O’Brien/Cronkite News)
Phoenix Fellowship Cultivating the Next Generation of Urban Farmers

The Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs’ Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program places city residents ages 18 to 24 with urban farms to train them.

Photo by Hope O’Brien/Cronkite News
The Sky Isn’t the Limit: Flight Program in Goodyear, Pioneering Pilot Inspire Diversity in Aviation

Less than 4% of aircraft pilots and flight engineers are Black or African-American, and only 5.3% are women.

Tuskegee Airmen
Tuskegee Airmen, Heralded Black Aviators of WWII, Honored at Luke Air Force Base

The airmen, he said, “were fighting in two wars, with a double victory. A war against Hitler and the Nazis, but also a war against racism in the United States.”

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Yuma Company Working to Perfect Complicated Process of Recycling Solar Panels

We Recycle Solar in Yuma is repurposing, reusing and recycling the growing supply of solar panels that have passed their expected lifespan of 30 years.

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Artists Hope Black History Mural Project in Phoenix ‘Educates, Inspires, Uplifts’

The Shining Light Foundation started the Black History Mural Project last year to educate and empower Arizonans.